College football Week 8 opening lines: Undefeated Oklahoma State an underdog

Oct 24, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Brennan Presley (80) celebrates downing a punt with cornerback Dayton Metcalf (84) in the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU won 24-21.
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Ricky Dimon

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Top teams in the nation—other than No. 1 Georgia, of course—continue to take a tumble. Iowa’s No. 2 ranking did not last long, as the Hawkeyes got handled at home by Purdue and fell to No. 11. Will any of the big boys lose this coming week? It’s certainly not likely, as there is not a single game on college football’s Week 8 schedule between teams in the top 25.

Although this is by no means the most intriguing slate of contests on the 2021 schedule, there are always betting opportunities to be found.

College football Week 8 lines

It’s never too early to look ahead toward the betting slate once the lines have come out. So without further ado, let’s dive into the numbers and discuss some potential opportunities on which to capitalize (lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Wednesday
Coastal Carolina -3.5 at Appalachian State

Thursday
Tulane +14 at SMU

Friday
Memphis +2.5 at UCF
Washington -16.5 at Arizona

Saturday
Northwestern +21.5 at Michigan
Illinois +23.5 at Penn State
Cincinnati -25.5 at Navy
Wake Forest -3.5 at Army
UMass +36 at Florida State
Oklahoma -38 at Kansas
Kansas State -1.5 at Texas Tech
Syracuse +4.5 at Virginia Tech
Wisconsin -3 at Purdue
Clemson +4 at Pittsburgh
Oregon pk at UCLA
Oklahoma State +5.5 at Iowa State
Maryland +5 at Minnesota
Colorado +10 at California
BYU -1 at Washington State
LSU +11 at Ole Miss
Boston College +6.5 at Louisville
Mississippi State -22.5 at Vanderbilt
Tennessee +27.5 at Alabama
USC +6 at Notre Dame
Ohio State -18.5 at Indiana
N.C. State -2 at Miami (FL)
Georgia Tech +6.5 at Virginia
Utah -3 at Oregon State
West Virginia +4.5 at TCU
South Carolina +18.5 at Texas A&M

Make sure you check out our previews for all of these games later in the week

Week 8 games to watch

Although there are no all-top 25 showdowns on offer, Oklahoma State vs Iowa State is a battle between the current No. 8 team in the land (Oklahoma State) and the team that started the year ranked No. 7 (Iowa State). The Cowboys are 6-0 and coming off consecutive top-25 victories over Kansas State, Baylor, and Texas. This could be a letdown spot following a big road win over Texas, but they are getting 5.5 points. I would not be surprised if the Cyclones put an end to Oklahoma State’s undefeated season, but I’m not giving 5.5 points with a team that has already suffered a pair of losses this season to Iowa (27-17 at home) and Baylor (31-29 on the road).

I also see a potential opportunity in the SEC, with LSU paying a visit to Ole Miss and getting 11 points. LSU may have begun to turn its season around with a 49-42 victory over Florida this past weekend and it will undoubtedly be playing inspired football as it tries to send off head coach Ed Orgeron in respectable fashion (an agreement has been reached for Orgeron and the Tigers to part ways after the season). Ole Miss has rebounded from its lone loss to Alabama with wins over Arkansas and Tennessee, but neither was impressive (52-51 over the over the Razorbacks and 31-25 over the Vols). Give me the Tigers and double-digits.

At Pickswise we offer free expert College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for all games in the Power Five conferences and the top 25 teams outside of Power five, including our College Football Parlay picks each week.

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